Monday, September 9, 2013

Sailing Sunday

Sunday we headed out early again, well early for a weekend! Ed has been sailing once or twice a week lately at the Downtown Sailing Club in Baltimore. Its a cool place and he gets to sail right in the inner harbor! We tried to take the boys a few times this summer but the timing never seemed to work out. Well, we made it on Sunday and it was great! The weather was gorgeous. Ed isn't signed off yet to take out the J22 yet but he can take out these little boats. Only two people at a time can go so he took Max out first. It was fun just helping put the boat together and get it in the water.

This is the boat before Ed put the sails on. Max is holding the small sail but I can't remember what that one is called. I love that we are right next to the Domino Sugar plant. You can see huge ships come dock there to offload sugar cane (presumably) and Ed says you can smell the sugar sometimes. YUM!

Nolen relaxing on the dock! Isn't he cute?

Nolen helping Ed put the boat in the water. Something wasn't rigged right on the main sail and as soon as they dropped it in the water it nearly capsized. It didn't help that the keel wasn't in yet either. The sail was rigged so that it couldn't fully turn so instead of the wind pushing the sail around, it used the sail to push the boat right over!

Max and Ed on their way out into the Inner Harbor. Its beautiful with all the buildings around. You can't see from this angle but the National Aquarium is off to the left along with a big open area and some shops and restaurants. There are water taxis that run around there and one time we stayed in the tall glass windowed building to the right of the boat.

So in addition to water taxis, there are a few sight seeing boat tours and of course a Pirate cruise! It was so funny to see Ed's boat out there with the Pirate ship! You could hear the whole story that was going on too.

Nolen took a turn after Max and then I had a quick ride too. I wish I had taken a picture of the dock because it was actually a nice spot to sit and read while Ed was taking out the boys! 

After sailing we ordered some wings and went home to watch the Steelers. Unfortunately they lost. But still nice to have football on again! So that is our weekend in a nutshell! 

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